LA Tech Battles Old Dominion Live on Facebook
Feb. 9, 2018
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech looks to continue climbing up the C-USA standings on Saturday night when they battle Old Dominion at 6 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.
The matchup will be streamed exclusively by Stadium on Facebook with Chris Hassel, Angel Gray and Laura Britt calling the action. It is free to all users with a direct link available on the schedule page at LATechSports.com. Fans do not have to have a Facebook account to access the stream.
Fans can also listen to the Voice of the Bulldogs Dave Nitz and Jack Thigpen call the game on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport) as well as on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.
LA Tech (15-10, 6-6 C-USA) notched its sixth league win this past Thursday against Charlotte with a convincing 83-65 victory that put them in a tie for seventh place with six conference games to go.
The Bulldogs put on a shooting clinic, hitting 14 three-pointers with eight different players connecting with downtown. It tied a season high for threes in a single game and marked the ninth time this season LA Tech has hit at least 10.
They continue to pace the league in one category and that is three-point shooting percentage with a 38.5 percent clip. The second best is far behind at 36.0 percent.
Not a single Bulldog took double-digit field goals, yet they still had five players post double-digit points. Leading the way there was DaQuan Bracey who came off the bench to score 17. It was his first time playing in the TAC in over a month. He continues to lead the team in scoring for the season, averaging 14.9 points per game.
LA Tech also set a season low with only six turnovers while having 23 assists. That kind of passing will be needed on Saturday against Old Dominion (18-5, 9-2 C-USA) who is a perfect 6-0 in conference road games this season. They are tied for second and are just one game back of the top spot.
The Monarchs picked up its sixth straight league road game this past Thursday when they rallied in the second half to defeat Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, 68-63, handing the Golden Eagles their first home loss of the year.
The saying goes that defense travels and that is most certainly the case for ODU who are one of the best defensive teams in the league and in the country. They rank eighth in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 62.9 points per game. Only seven teams have been able to crack 70 this season on them.
Something else ODU is really good at is taking care of the basketball. They have the fourth fewest committed turnovers in the nation while having a +4.3 turnover margin.
They have started the same lineup in every game this season. Eighty-five percent of their scoring comes from their starting five where four of them average double figures. They are led in scoring by their two guards B.J. Stith and Ahmad Caver who each average 14.3 points per game.
LA Tech and Old Dominion met for the first time in 2014 when the two teams became league foes in Conference USA. The Bulldogs won the first meeting, but that was followed by the Monarchs winning three straight including the lone meeting in Ruston in 2016.
The Bulldogs were able to put an end to that losing streak last season with a resounding victory in Norfolk that was spearheaded by Bracey who poured in a team-high 21 points.
Twitter users can follow @LATechHoops for live in-game updates.
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